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Today's Belize News: November 30, 2019 #539407
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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

San Pablo Catholic Church fully renovated
Catholics living south of San Pedro will be pleased to know that they have a refurbished church in the San Pablo Sub-division. The church building was last cared for in 2015 when it got a good cleaning and a new coat of paint inside the room of worship.

Island resident Rebecca Coutant publishes a book about Ambergris Caye
The island is abuzz about the recent book, “Fifty Big Experiences on Ambergris Caye, Belize,” published by island resident Rebecca Coutant. Inspired by Coutant’s favorite places, food, drinks, day trips, and volunteer opportunities, it is a handy guide when visiting Ambergris Caye, from a unique islander’s perspective.

Letter to the Editor: Garbage is killing our Crocodiles
Woke up yesterday morning to see this beautiful creature with this on her back. People pick up your garbage! Remember when San Pedro was a simple fishing village and people took pride in their surroundings.

Marisa Murphy-Guerrero wins Unleash Your Fitness Masters 35+ challenge in Guatemala
In an amazing feat of fitness and determination, Marisa Murphy-Guerrero of CrossFit San Pedro Town managed to claim the top spot in the Masters 35+ Category at Unleash Your Fitness (UYF).

San Pedro Sun Looking for News Reporter
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Nayobie Rivero to be crowned 2020 Miss Teen Mundial Belize during fashion show on November 30th
All is set for Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project’s annual fashion fundraiser to be held at Diamond Lodge in San Pedro Town on Saturday, November 30th. This year’s fashion show theme is “Painting of Hope” and is inspired by every dream and desire to make the world a brighter, better place.

Belize’s Jalyssa Arthurs wins Miss CentroAmerica 2019
For the first time a Belizean beauty ambassador, 19-year-old Jalyssa Arthurs has captured the title of Miss CentroAmerica. The beauty pageant, held on Monday, November 25th at the José De La Cruz Mena Theater in the city of León, Nicaragua, saw the participation of delegates from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Belize U-18 Female Volleyball Team takes silver in Central America Volleyball Tournament
The national U-18 Female Volleyball team returned to Belize on Monday, November 25th as the sub-champions of the 13th edition of the Central American Female Volleyball Tournament held in Costa Rica November 19th - 23rd.

Changes in Pump Price of Fuel Products
The price for premium gasoline, regular gasoline and kerosene will register decreases as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 4 cents from $10.78 to $10.74 per gallon; Regular gasoline will decrease by 2 cents from $10.07 to $10.05 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 18 cents from $ 7.53 to $ 7.35 per gallon. The price for diesel will remain unchanged at $9.90 per gallon.

Ambergris Today

Belize To Implement Digital Government Transformation
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), conducted a workshop on Thursday, November 28, 2019, with senior public sector officials, municipalities and private sector entities to discuss the implementation of the E-Government Policy, Strategy and Work Plan and to engage stakeholders as a means of sharing ideas and gathering requirements for the formulation of the E-Government Roadmap.

Simone Biles Presented Key To San Pedro Town, Belize
Simone Biles, world-renowned Olympic gymnast and gold medalist, was presented with a symbolic key to San Pedro Town by Mayor Daniel Guerrero at a short ceremony that took place at Pineapples Restaurant, Ramon’s Village on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Mayor Guerrero mentioned that islanders are honored in having Biles visit San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as she keeps her native Belizean family and home at heart wherever she travels.The athlete said that her favorite destination would always be Belize as she holds dual citizenship through her mother, Nellie Cayetano Biles.

Belize Coast Guard Promotes Sanpedrana Alma Pinelo To Lieutenant Commander
The Belize Coast Guard is celebrating its 14th anniversary and the 10th Recruitment Exercise and Changing of Command Ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. The event took place at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, 4.5 miles George Price Highway, Belize City. Taking command of the Belize Coast Guard was Captain Elton Bennet and our very own Sanpedrana Alma Pinelo was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

Various Belizean Sources

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SAN PEDRO MUNICIPAL CHILDREN'S FAIR 2019
On Friday, November 29, 2019, the San Pedro Town Council held its 2019 Municipal Children's Fair at the Central Park to conclude its activities of Universal Children's Month and also it was a part of our 35th Township Anniversary celebration. Mistress of Ceremony and VP of the CAB, Miss Ninel Pacheco was full of energy as she welcomed students of New Horizon S.D.A. School to perform the National Anthem which was then followed by a student of Isla Bonita Elementary School, who offered everyone with a prayer. Opening the event was Mayor Daniel Guerrero who offered the welcome address, where he wished everyone a happy universal children's month.

SIMONE BILES RECEIVES KEY TO SAN PEDRO TOWN
On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, in a short ceremony at Pineapples Restaurant inside Ramon's Village Resort, Olympic Gold Medalist, Simone Biles, was presented with a symbolic to the Town of San Pedro.. In the short ceremony, Mayor Daniel Guerrero presented Simone with a plaque and a key which read: "THE KEY TO SAN PEDRO TOWN Presented to SIMONE BILES to express our deep appreciation for your extraordinary accomplishments, unwavering motivation and enduring commitment and love for Belize, Belizean people and Belize culture. Presented on the 27th of November, 2019.'"

Belize to accelerate digital government transformation with support from the Inter-American Development Bank
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), conducted a workshop today with senior public sector officials, municipalities and private sector entities to discuss the implementation of the E-Government Policy, Strategy and Work Plan and to engage stakeholders as a means of sharing ideas and gathering requirements for the formulation of the E-Government Roadmap. In 2015, the Government of Belize endorsed the National E-Government Policy, Strategy and Action Plan in an effort to leverage the power of information and communications technology (ICT) as a driver of economic and social development, and improving the lives of citizens.

The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation Comments on Recent Road Traffic Accidents
In the last 24 hours, there have been two separate road traffic accidents on our major highways that have claimed the lives of several Belizeans and visitors. The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation extends their sincere condolences to the families, friends and relatives affected by these two tragedies. The Ministry urges all drivers to be safe, to exercise caution while driving, avoid using your mobile devices, obey all road traffic signs and speed limits, ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts, and not to drive tired or intoxicated.

Belize Coast Guard 14th Anniversary Ceremony, November 27, 2019
On November 27, 2019, a special ceremony was held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters to mark the Coast Guard's 14th Anniversary, Recruit Intake 10 Graduation, Change of Command and Appointment of Chief of Defence Staff.

United Airlines Star Wars plane in Belize
Today... from a Galaxy Far Far Away (actually, from Belize’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport)... United shows up with their gorgeous Star Wars livery

Corozal Municipal Bazaar
This Christmas season, the Corozal Town Council cordially invites all Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Business Houses and the General Public who would like to join us for our monthly Municipal Bazaar to join us Saturday, 30th November, 2019. Want to promote your small business or produce or simply want to have your garage sale? Come out and take advantage of this great business opportunity. Lets support our local business and contribute to our economy. Together we can!!!!

New "Corozal Town" Sign going up
This morning the ministry of tourism were installing a newly “Welcome To Corozal Town” map sign infront of the old Social Security office. This map sign was installed for tourists, and local tourists traveling to Corozal town, use this map as a Guidance around town. This map specifics areas where you can visit while visiting Corozal Town. I’m glad that a newly Welcome sign To Corozal was added for people to use.

Metal Haven 2019
They got some great pictures at the 2019 Metal Haven concert which was held in Benque. "Here you have it! Our METAL HAVEN BASH 2019 photos! For those that couldn't make it we hope you make it to our 10th anniversary this coming 2020.we thank every single one that came out to support us not only from our community but from all over the country(Central America)! for that you have our outmost respect!

US EMbassy needs Janitorial Supervisor
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Janitorial Supervisor Extended closing date: December 4, 2019

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Abominable, Hustlers, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ready or Not. *Note Once Upon A Time in Hollywood starts at 6:50 and Ready or Not plays at 9:30*

Channel 7

Another Fatal, 10th Accident Victim In 40 Hours
We start the news tonight with another traffic fatality - the tenth since Wednesday afternoon. This morning just before 6:00 a hispanic male was knocked down off his bicycle on the Southern Highway near Santa Cruz Village between miles 24 and 25. Police told us the driver of the vehicle that struck the man has been detained. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crime Investigation Branch: "There is not much details yet, other than to say that Police responded to information of a road traffic accident shortly before 6am this morning between miles 21 and 22 on the Southern Highway which would be in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Village..."

Police Will Try To Make Roads Safer
And while that is the story for this morning's fatal accident, Wednesday's Western Highway horror is burrowed in everyone's mind. 7 persons were killed - making it the worst multiple road fatality in memory. There was also another traffic fatality yesterday afternoon where another tourist was killed, we will have more details on that accident later, but first, to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams' commitment to increased highway patrols and education on road safety.

Grandmother Killed In Tyre Blowout
And while police will do their best to create more safety on the roads, as we noted at the top of the news - there have been 10 traffic deaths in 40 hours, spread across four accidents on the northern, western and southern highways. And, tonight, a US family is mourning after their 77 year old matriarch died on the Phillip Goldson Highway. As we told you, it happened at 3:30. Tour guide Henry Gillette was driving a Ford Freestyle Van with a family of 7 American cruise tourists, ranging in age from a pair of 10 year old twins to a 79 year old grandfather.

Head On Collision, One Tourist Family's Loss
And while that was Thursday's death of a tourist, one Wednesday - as we've told you, it was 7 dead, 4 Belizeans and three tourists. Tonight, the news is filtering out to international - especially US - news outlets and we have a clearer picture of the Americans who were killed, and injured in that head on collision. In total, 13 American tourists were returning from a day of cave tubing in the Dodge van driven by Errol Belisle. Among the tourists were the Armijo family husband and wife Adrian Armijo jr. and Sara Armijo would lose their lives in the crash, but among the injured are their son, David, daughter and son-in-law, Bianca and Eric, niece, Maribel Navarro and her boyfriend Tecno Panyarath.

Compol Says Police Need Accident Response Plan
And while the fact of 7 dead in one accident is hard to recover from, there are lingering questions about whether maybe one more life could have been saved on the road if the ambulances weren't getting blocked on the highway by drivers who refused to pull over. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams acknowledged the chaos and road blockage in the aftermath of the Western Highway accident and also proposed the development of an accident response plan..

Eduardo Wade Will Be Buried With Police Honours
But, no response plan could have saved former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Eduardo Wade. He was in the tiny SUV that crashed head on into the van - and died on impact. Today, the current commissioner reflected on his former commander: Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "I must say and express our deepest condolences to the Wade family as well as the family of all those who perished in the unfortunate traffic fatalities on our highways..."

One Year Old Recovers From Gunshot Wound
On Monday we told you about the Sunday night shooting that left a 16 year old critical and a one year old child shot to the hand. 16 year old Chanteuse Martinez remains in intensive care but Baby Melanie was released from the KHMH on Wednesday. Cherisse Halsall caught up with the family today to find out how they are re-adjusting to relative normalcy after such a brutal attack. Baby Melanie is at home and while the bullet is still in her hand, she seems to be in the absolute best of spirits. We spoke to her mom today. And she recounted the shock and horror that she experienced when her home was targeted and her baby was shot.

Sports Director Says YellowMan Asked To Be Fired
Last night on the news, you heard Brian Yellowman Audinett - the former Facility Night Auditor at the National Sports Council who was fired earlier this week. His letter of termination said he was fired for abandoning his work post; but he says he was fired at the instruction of the minister of sports Patrick Faber because Yellowman supports John Saldivar. Today we asked the man who fired him - Sports Director Ian Jones. He told us why he wrote the letter of termination:

SSB Pushes For Occupational Safety Bill
Since 2014, the idea of a safer workplace for all Belizean employees materialized in the form of a draft piece of legislation known as the OSH, or Occupational Safety and Health Bill. This bill was specifically designed by the Barrow Government to set minimum standards for best-practices in the work environment. In its original form, however, the nation's employers disagree with its implementation. They asserted that it placed too heavy a burden on them to create that safe working environment. So, recognizing the pushback against the bill, it was never passed it into law, even though it was tabled in the House. Since then, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize have formed a committee to closely examine the bill, and try to arrive at a final position on it.

Police Investigating SSB Fraudsters
So, while the SSB would like to reduce the burden of avoidable work-related injuries on the Social Security Fund, they're also trying to get rid of instances of Social Security fraud. These are instances where persons have used trickery to trigger benefit payouts that they don't deserve. Reducing and removing instances of fraud was one of their major talking points last month as to why they are hoping that the public will embrace the implementation of biometrics, as a more secure form of identification. Here's what the CEO had to say about what SSB employees believed to be a blatant case of identity theft:

Police Failed To Follow Standing Orders, Leading To Detainee's Suicide
The Commissioner also spoke about the detainee who apparently committed suicide in custody. 39 year old Jose Lorenzo Espinoza allegedly committed Suicide inside Queen Street Cell block on Wednesday. He allegedly did it with a pair of shoelaces when he was alone in a cell. The standing orders for all detained persons clearly state that shoelaces should be taken away from all detainees.

Police Continue to Look For Mapp Caye Missing Men
Mapp Caye: it seems like it has become one of the most famous Cayes in Belize but unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Since January, 10 men and a boy have disappeared after going out to the Caye - 6 of them have turned up dead - while the rest are presumed or feared dead. Now the Caye may not be as mystifying as the Bermuda Triangle but it certainly raises serious concerns for those who go fishing in the area. And there are legitimate concerns for the most recent case: 3 men who went fishing at Mapp Caye one week ago and disappeared. They are 22 year old Sheldon Gibson, 21 year old Elijah Usher, and 14 year old Kevin Roches. Today Commissioner Williams says the police and coast guard are still searching for them:

Belize's Brightest Young Minds Honoured
Almost 400 students were recognized today at the CXC National Awards Ceremony at The Omar Longsworth Auditorium in Independence Village for the 25th CXC National Awards. These students are well worthy of recognition having achieved excellence in a long list of CSEC or CAPE exams. The Chairperson for the CXC National Committee of Belize Dr. Sharmayne Saunders told us how important these achievements are in a student's academic life.

Jules Vs. Bill: the Battle Of Big Bridge
The Swing Bridge in downtown Belize City closed for repairs in August, and since then - its caused quite an inconvenience to pedestrians who have to dart through traffic to cross the bridge - because the western walkway has been closed for repairs. Finally, today that was opened and then they closed the eastern walkway! And that's where Jules pounced on the man the mayor called the contractor and a certified engineer Bill Lindo.

Brave Cops Honoured
As much as it is tempting and easy to criticize and label all police officers as bad cops - it is unfair for those cops who are dedicated and passionate about their career. And Commissioner of Police Chester Williams recognized 4 of them for their stellar work and bravery on the job. The award ceremony was held at the Queen Street Police Station today. We spoke to the Commissioner Williams as well as Corporal Briceno Chub who put his life on the line to apprehend an armed fleeing suspect.

Rapid AIDS Testing A Reality
Sunday is World Aids Day, observed under the theme "Communities make the difference." All over the world health activists will be spearheading various activities to highlight the day and generate HIV and AIDS awareness while downplaying stigma. The Ministry of Health celebrated today with an awareness fair and free HIV Testing at the DIGI Park. We found out more about the process of rapid testing offered to those who opt to know their status.

A Full Day Of Wellness
The 2019 Belize International Yoga Festival will be held this weekend at Om Shanti Belize: Yoga, Spa and Wellness Center. It's a Yoga festival and a fundraiser for the self care foundation Rhythm of Change. Michelle Willams, the Festivals founder, told us why it's a local event with international significance and participation.

Channel 5

7 Persons Dead in Horrific Road Traffic Accident
It has been a deadly twenty-four hours on the country’s major thoroughfares where three separate road traffic accidents have claimed as many as nine lives.  Seven persons are confirmed dead [...]

A Ranchito Resident Dies in Hit & Run in San Joaquin Village
In San Joaquin Village in Corozal District less than three hours later, a fifty-three-year-old resident of Ranchito was knocked down and killed by a motorist who failed to stop and [...]

A Female Tourist Dies in Another RTA near Carmelita
Another tourist has died in another road traffic accident that happened around three thirty this afternoon in the outskirts of Carmelita Village in Orange Walk District. We understand that the [...]

Another Dead Prisoner at Queen Street Police Station
Another dead prisoner is being recorded from inside the walls of the Queen Street Police Station and the Police Department is conducting an investigation into what happened. Police confirmed today [...]

Will Others be Charged for Zheng Liu’s Murder?
On Tuesday, Joseph Vaccaro, a resident of Neal Pen Road, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the murder of well-known businessman Zheng Liu. Liu was executed near [...]

Persons Sought for Attempt Made on Richard O’Neil’s Life
Richard O’Neil remains in critical condition at the K.H.M.H. following an attempt on his life on Wednesday. In the wee hours of that morning, O’Neil says that he was kidnapped [...]

A Neighbourhood Dispute Led to Shooting of Minor
It has not been a good week for minors, three of whom have been victims of gun violence in less than twenty-four hours. The youngest, a one-year-old baby was asleep [...]

Armed Burglary Accessed Belama House via Haulover Creek
At the weekly police press brief held today in Belize City, Superintendent Alejandro Cowo also shared official details on a home invasion in the Belama Phase One area of Belize [...]

Change in Fuel Prices
Changes in pump prices for regular, premium and kerosene took effect today. Premium gasoline decreased by four cents, from ten dollars and seventy-eight cents, to ten dollars and seventy-four cents [...]

Minister of Education Weighs in on Pine Street Preschool Debacle
The situation at Pine Street Preschool in Collet, where two teachers have been removed for failure to qualify themselves in order to renew their teaching licenses, was addressed by Minister [...]

Preschool Students are Relocated to Zoe Ministries
In the absence of a valid license, both teachers were asked to refrain from administering lessons.  Also in question is the proprietorship of the building that houses the preschool.  According [...]

Minister of Education Won’t Intervene in Julian Cho Debacle
Education Minister Patrick Faber also weighed in on the situation at Julian Cho Technical High School in Toledo where the secondary institution has remained without a principal since November nineteenth.  [...]

No Political Hanky-Panky at Julian Cho, Says DPM Faber
As for political and racial undertones, DPM Faber says he is staying far away from the situation, aside from the acknowledging that the institution primarily serves the Maya population in [...]

The Emergence of the Seaweed Farming Industry
A grant initiative valued at two hundred thousand dollars was launched on Wednesday. The Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project is a joint initiative between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, [...]

BAHA Conducts TR4 Prevention Exercise at Entry Points
Back in August we reported about the alert in the banana industry in the south. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority had announced the detection of suspected Fusarium Wilt of bananas [...]

Plantings Importation Prohibited to Prevent Exposure to TR4
Another measure that BAHA has taken is to prohibit the importation of plantains. According to Garcia, this is a critical part of making sure that the disease doesn’t get into [...]

BAHA Conducts TR4 Containment Simulation on Banana Farm
So, as you heard just now, BAHA is testing their readiness in the event the disease is detected at the border points or on a farm in the country. Moving [...]

36 Teachers to Pursue Masters Degrees in Special Ed.
A group of thirty-six educators has embarked upon a master’s program in special education.  Through the University of the West Indies, the Government of Belize is covering roughly sixty percent [...]

Belize’s Abbie Godoy is the 2020 Rhode Scholarship Recipient
On Tuesday, Abbie Godoy was named as the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship. The twenty-year-old Belizean activist will pursue her graduate studies at the University of [...]

Belize Accelerates Digital Government Transformation

Another Tourist Dies in Separate Road Traffic Accident
A red Ford van carrying a family of American tourists on Thursday afternoon flipped several times on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Orange Walk District. Seventy-seven-year-old Carolyn Moxley Gillis, [...]

Man Knocked Down and Killed on Southern Highway
A second fatal traffic accident was recorded on Thursday, this time in the south. Police were called out to Santa Cruz Village in the Stann Creek District where they saw [...]

More Highway Patrol to be Implemented
The number of deaths associated with recent road traffic accidents is alarming. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the police department will be working diligently to enforce highway laws [...]

Police Department to Give Edwardo Wade Official Funeral
Sixty-seven-year-old retired police officer Edwardo Wade was among the seven persons who perished in the horrific traffic accident on Wednesday afternoon. Wade was inside a red SUV which was being [...]

Gross Negligence Suspected in Death of Jose Espinosa
An internal investigation is underway into the death of Jose Espinosa. He was found dead in a holding cell at the Queen Street Police Station on Wednesday evening. Espinosa reportedly [...]

Minor Charged with 3 Counts of Attempted Murder
On Sunday, November twenty-fourth, a gunman sprayed the Martin’s residence on Antelope Street Extension with bullets. That same shooter shot one-year-old Melanie Martinez who was asleep in the house and twenty-three-year-old Mervin [...]

Family of 3 Displaced by Fire on Arlington Drive
A family of three was displaced following a fire this afternoon on Arlington Drive in Belize City. Charles Castillo believes that his mentally-ill brother is responsible. The National Fire Service [...]

Who Torched House on Ordonez Street?
There was another fire earlier this week that gutted a wooden house off Ordonez Street in Belize City. Mauricio Garay reported to police that his newly built house did not [...]

S.S.B. Spends Millions in Employment Injury; is OSH Bill the Solution?
Millions of dollars are expended annually for employment injury by the Social Security Board.  It gives rise to the need for the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill, [...]

BAHA Tests Out its Containment Plans for TR4
In Thursday night’s newscast we showed you a part of BAHA’s plans to keep the deadly banana and plantain disease out of Belize. The preparation, as we reported, includes surveillance [...]

OIRSA Weighs In on Belize’s TR4 Prevention Strategies
BAHA’s efforts are not being done in isolation. It is part of a regional readiness effort, because if it gets into one of the countries the chances of it spreading [...]

EntreCon 2019: Engage, Exchange, Empower
Today at the Biltmore, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Services, BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Center hosted the fifth annual Entrepreneurship Convention.  It featured keynote remarks from the [...]

Police Officers Recognized for Exceptional Performance
Four police officers were today recognized for their exceptional work in fighting crime. They are CIB officer Corporal Cassandra O’Brien, P.C. Lennox Castillo, P.C. Frederic Frazier and Corporal Brizenio Chub. [...]

World AIDS Day 2019: Communities Make the Difference
World AIDS Day is held each year on December first. It is an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase HIV awareness and knowledge, [...]

Healthy Living: HIV over 50
December first is World AIDS Day, activities will be held across the country, offering free testing and education on HIV prevention. Over the years, there have been targeted messages for [...]


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Bloodbath at Mile 18!
Traffic on the George Price Highway came to an unexpected halt, just before the start of the rush hour on Wednesday evening, and traffic was backed up for miles as authorities worked to reopen the highway following a terrible road traffic accident which claimed the lives of six persons — four Belizeans and two tourists. A seventh person reportedly succumbed to injuries suffered from the accident, today, Thursday. The accident victim died while undergoing treatment. Police, however, have not released the particulars of the person who succumbed today.

Highway accident carnage count goes to 9
Yesterday, there was a major road traffic accident on the George Price Highway near Mile 18 when a midsize sports utility vehicle and a Dodge Ram van that was loaded with tourists collided, killing six persons—four Belizeans and two United States tourists. Another accident victim later succumbed to his/her injuries, but police have not released any information about this additional fatality yet. Reports today, however, are that yet another tourist has died as a result of another road traffic accident, this time on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Canadian filmmaker Matthew Klink’s alleged killers acquitted
Two persons, Brandon Anderson, 22, and a minor, who were charged with the murder of Canadian filmmaker Matthew Klink, were acquitted of the charge today by Justice Antoinette Moore at the Belmopan Supreme Court in a trial that was without a jury. Klink was brutally stabbed between January 2 and January 4, 2016, at his residence in Selena Village, just outside Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. His body, with 16 stab wounds, was found on January 4 in his yard.

Serial child molester slapped with 12-year sentence
A man who has had multiple brushes with the law for molesting underage female children was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams. Justice Williams sentenced John Leslie, 41, to 12 years in jail after a 9-member jury, 5 women and 4 men, deliberated for a little under three hours before returning to the courtroom to announce their unanimous guilty verdict.

SIB reports on Belize’s economy
SIB (Statistical Institute of Belize) report card on the performance of Belize’s economy shows that the economy grew 1.8% between July and September, the unemployment rate was 10.4% in September, domestic exports were up 2.3% for the first 10 months of 2019 over the same period last year, and imports for the first 10 months were up 2% over the same period last year. Belize’s economy grew 1.8% from July to September 2019 when compared to the same period last year, with the total value of goods produced in the quarter up $11.5 million, from $663.1 million in 2018 to $651.6 million in 2019. Production was up 4.5% in the secondary sector (1/5th of our economy), 1.9% in the tertiary sector (1/2 of our economy), while production in the primary sector, which accounts for 1/10th of our economy, contracted by 4.3%.

Court awards $31,000 to Cowo family for death of two sisters
Paulino Cowo, the father of Liarnette and Cindy Cowo, two sisters who lost their lives in October 2018, was awarded in excess of $31,000 in a civil claim against Carlos Martinez, 54, at the Supreme Court on Monday, November 25. Cindy Cowo, 26, was out socializing with Carlos Martinez on the night of October 6, 2018, and Cindy’s younger sister, Liarnette, 16, was with them. Martinez, who was traveling in his Toyota RAV 4, lost control of the vehicle between Miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway and the vehicle plunged into the Mopan River in Succotz Village.

Efrain Martinez, 55, charged with murder
Salvadoran national Efrain Beltran Martinez, 55, who was charged with the murder of Guatemalan national Elmer Salazar, 43, was committed to stand trial in the January session of the Supreme Court, which will commence on January 21, 2020, after a preliminary inquiry was held today by the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. At the inquiry, the prosecutor, Corporal Chris Smith, submitted 18 witness statements that the Crown intends to rely on at the trial.

Joseph Vaccaro, 24, remanded for murder of Zheng Cheng Liu, 28
At yesterday’s police press briefing, police told the media that there were four persons detained in connection with the murder of Chinese businessman Zheng Cheng Liu, 28, but today, they charged only one man for the murder, and it is not known if other persons will face charges for Saturday night’s cold-blooded murder. Joseph Vaccaro, 24, a construction worker of Neal Pen Road, was escorted into the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be arraigned on the murder charge.

Belize City man found hanging in cell at Queen Street Police Station
A Belize City man who was found hanging by a shoe lace in a cell at the Queen Street Police Station yesterday, Wednesday, has been identified as Jose Espinosa. Senior Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero told the media today that police made checks at the cell block and found Espinosa hanging from one of the cell bars.

From the Publisher
It’s been said that the three types of people oligarchs hate the most are, not necessarily in this order, journalists, trade unionists, and environmentalists. My latest definition for “oligarchs,” incidentally, is people who have more money than they know what to do with, people who have more money than they can spend before they pass. The late, great Hon. Philip Goldson was both a journalist and a trade unionist. Belize did not have environmentalists as such in Mr. Goldson’s prime, probably because Belize did not begin to see the effects of industrial pollution from reckless factories until Mr. Goldson was already blind. The likelihood is that, all things being equal, Mr. Goldson would also have been an environmentalist. No matter.

Weekend of Belize “Football Fire!!”
Due to the timing of football competitions across the country, the situation this coming weekend is full of high drama, as a number of games will be “do or die” in either knockout or decisive games 2 of playoff semifinals; and there will also be a big international female friendly return match.

Belizean Silver Medalists also won 7 of 12 Individual Awards at XIII Central American U-18 Female Volleyball Championship in Costa Rica
Six of the seven Central American countries (Panama abstained) participated in the 13th Central American Under-18 Female Volleyball Championship, which took place in Costa Rica from November 17 to 24; and our Belize U-18 Female Team won all but one game in the single round-robin, that against Costa Rica who emerged as champions, with Belize taking the second place Silver Medal, a first for a Belize U-18 volleyball team in Central American competition.

C-Ray Full Throttle Thursday Race – November 28
Every Thursday, the C-Ray Cycling Club hosts a race on the Boom-Hattieville Road, from Data Pro to Hattieville roundabout and back, for a total of 23.8 miles. This week, the race was completed in a time of 59:09 and averaged 23.6 mph. Station prize winners were David Banner, Jr., who won the first prize in front of the prison. On the return at Fresh Pond, Jafari Castro won the other station prize.

A new boss coming for the US in 2020
The American press has been lukewarm about the entry into the presidential race over there of Michael Bloomberg, a man who happens to be a lot wealthier and classier than their present president, Mr. D. Trump. The problem they say they’re having is that the new man is a media mogul, and they don’t know how that fits with the necessary scrutiny he’ll have to get as an aspirant for the job that makes one the most powerful person in the world. It really shouldn’t be that great a dilemma for them. This Mr. Bloomberg has been the mayor of the most famous city in the world, New York, for a long time, and that’s a major league political job. You bet he has been under the microscope while he has been sitting in that hot seat.

Ask The Peanut Sheller
Ghrirrrk! Ghrirrrk! Ghrirrrk! Without looking up, the man pruning faded flowers from the bougainvillea vine, knew it was the black squirrels again. They were up there already in the palm tree a few feet away, tearing through the soft sap of a coconut. The enticing milk within brought them back periodically. The day was cool, mid-December. The first staffers of the NGO next door had just arrived, waved, and gone inside. It was a new day all around. Henry Eagan, the man with the snips, brushed away a mosquito as he moved about, clipping dead flowers. A clump of the brown, rotted petals at his feet metered his progress.

The Belize City Swing Bridge
The Belize City Swing Bridge spans the Haulover Creek and connects the north side with the south side of Belize City. It is the oldest swing bridge in Central America, and the only manually operated bridge still functioning in the world. The bridge was constructed in Liverpool, England, in 1922 at a cost of $84,000.00, and brought to Belize by a USA company based in New Orleans. It was installed and opened to the public on 11 April, 1923. Apart from allowing for pedestrians, it was designed to allow sailing fishing boats with tall masts to pass the bridge and continue up the Haulover Creek.

The talkative Miss Olive Bainton! Enter Sgt. Enright!
About the time Pauline was undergoing the tribulations of her love life, Lucille Enright nee Hendricks came to live in the town as the bride of Neville Enright, newly appointed Station Sergeant of the Police Department for that district. Although Lucille was six years my senior, we were on first name terms. I mention this because manners in those days would have dictated greater formality, but she was relaxed and down to earth, with her own style, and paid little attention to current fads, fashions or manners. Our family knew hers from the time we lived on the same street and attended the same Anglican parish church.

What is Belize’s goal where progress is concerned?
Dear Editor, The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines progress as a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal); an advance or gradual betterment, especially, the progressive development of humankind. Factories have been instrumental in modernization and in delivering technological advances to all societies. Whether operating under capitalism, socialism, communism, dictatorship or democracy, the factories have delivered all our appliances, vehicles, electronics, medical equipment and many other advances that define modernity and have improved the quality of life of billions.

Kalilah Reynolds – Taking stock of motherhood, finance
Most women heading into their third trimester of pregnancy have a list of things that they want to get done before their due date — get the hospital bag ready, have a maternity shoot, do the last minute ‘nesting’ remodelling around the home, and so on. But Kalilah Reynolds has more serious business to take care of before she gives birth to her third child, who is expected to arrive by February. The business journalist and executive producer has to ensure that her fledgling finance broadcast programme, the new YouTube and radio show Taking Stock with Kalilah Reynolds, is weaned from her direct supervision before she takes maternity leave.

The Reporter

Seven People Die In Deadly RTA
As we go to press, the Reporter has been able to confirm that the death toll in Wednesday afternoon’s collision on the George Price Highway, between miles 18 and 19, stands at seven. Four of those who lost their lives were Belizeans, and three were cruise tourists returning from a day trip, reportedly to Jaguar Paw.

Another Tourist Dies From Traffic Accident
On Wednesday, on the George Price Highway, three tourists were killed in a massive collision, while ten others remain hospitalized, receiving treatment for varying injuries. As we go to press this evening, the Reporter has confirmed the death of another tourist, also a cruise ship passenger just here for the day, on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

The Last Moment
By: Mike Rudon Jr. - Six people dead. Just like that. What were they thinking in their last moments? Maybe still relishing the joy of a loved one’s accomplishments…or maybe laughing at a silly joke. Maybe they were making plans for the weekend, or thinking of Christmas, or worrying about an unpaid bill or any number of things.

GPS Reading Confirms Guat Squatting
A Geo Spatial reading has confirmed an initial Global Positioning System (GPS) reading that two Guatemalan households who settled recently in the adjacency zone area in the west are actually on Belizean territory by a matter of only a few feet, and they will have to disassemble their homes and relocate somewhere else west of the border line.

John And Julius
The lawsuit filed by the Hon. John Briceño and the Hon. Julius Espat is a historic one, but will it be effective? Will this lawsuit change the fast and loose manner in which our politicians have been playing with our money since 1998?

Editorial: Sunday, December 1st. 2019
After an exhaustive investigation into the source of a cloning attack on our Facebook page, we have convincing evidence that the attack did not come from any source in or near Belize.

Ico’s Condition Still Guarded, but Showing Improvement
Emily Ico, 29, the mother of nine year-old Danielle Hall who died under strange circumstances while at home in Ico’s company in August, is said to be doing slightly better at the psychiatric institution in Belmopan.

More Details About Wednesday’s Horrific Road Accident
There are reports that a third tourist died while receiving treatment last night. We will withhold his identity until there is official confirmation. It would bring the total number of fatalities to seven.

LOVE FM

Festivities in San Pedro Town
The residents and islanders of Ambergris Caye have a lot to celebrate including a visit by world known gymnast, Simone Biles as well as their birthday and progress in being a child friendly municipality. Our island correspondent, Jorge Aldana, reports on their festivities.

Yellowman fired, what’s the story?
Brian ‘Yellowman’ Audinett is a known stalwart supporter of the United Democratic Party (UDP). Prior to elections in 2008, he was at the forefront of the party’s commercials and television campaign. Fast forward to 2019 and Yellowman was given his walking papers from the Belize Sports Council where he was hired as the Marion Jones Stadium’s Night Auditor.

Anthony Crawford; guilty
36-year-old Anthony Crawford, who was found guilty of use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous harm” was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Before he arrived at his sentence, Justice Colin Williams heard mitigation pleas from Crawford’s girlfriend, Lioni Williams and his girlfriend's sister, Marsha Dawson, who both attested to his good character.

Sports Director comments on Yellowman
With all these allegations flying around, we decided to seek comment from the Executive Director of the National Sports Council, Ian Jones. Jones was the person responsible for drafting and signing Brian Audinett’s termination letter.

Tourist dead after fatal car accident
An American national lost her life yesterday during a road traffic incident on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles forty-one and forty-two. 77-year-old Carolyn Moxley Gillis was one of seven passengers in the red Ford van when the driver experienced a blowout and lost control of the vehicle.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Belize
Aspiring entrepreneurs learn from the experts on how to start, grow and maintain their own business in Belize through Beltraide’s 5th annual Entrecon. It is an event that promotes an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports engagement, exchange and empowerment in the globalized market place. According to Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of Beltraide many people in Belize, specifically, are afraid to invest in entrepreneurship.

Ex-police officer to receive proper police send-off after Wednesday Car accident
Retired police officer, Edwardo Wade Senior, is one of seven persons who died in Wednesday’s road traffic incident on the George Price Highway. As we noted in previous newscasts, Wade had served for over three decades in the Belize Police Department and although retired, Police Commissioner Chester Williams told the media today that he will get a full police send-off.

Police to step up highway patrols
Since Wednesday Belize has seen four fatal traffic accidents that took the lives of 10 people. It is a concern not only for residents but for the police department as well, especially when speeding and not wearing seatbelts play a major role in these accidents.

27-year-old Nimrod Fitzgibbon charged with deadly means of harm
27-year-old Nimrod Fitzgibbon, who was charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm, was today committed to stand trial in the January 2020 session of the Supreme Court. A preliminary inquiry was held before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where the police prosecutor presented all the evidence against Fitzgibbon.

Civilians must make way for ambulances
Wednesday saw one of the most tragic road traffic accidents in recent years. Compounded with the fact that seven persons lost their lives, ambulances and firetrucks were unable to reach the scene quickly because of the traffic blocking the way.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shooting in Hattieville moments ago leaves one man dead
Information reaching our newsroom is that there was a fatal shooting moments ago in Hattieville, […]

Placencia gets new fire truck
Minister of National Emergency Management (with responsibility for the National Fire Service), Edmond Castro was […]

PUP women discuss new Women’s agenda
The women’s arm of the People’s United Party (PUP) is hosting consultations with women across […]

National AIDS Commission celebrates World AIDS Day
Today, the National AIDS (NAC) Commission and many of its partners gathered at the Digi […]

Government launches Belize’s 1st National Investment Policy and Strategy
The Government of Belize (GOB) through the Ministry responsible for Investment, Trade and Commerce, BELTRAIDE […]

US Embassy in Belize provides consular assistance to tourists involved in road traffic accident
The United States Embassy in Belize issued a statement today informing that they have been […]

Are you ready to dance with Tandoors Restaurant and Bar this Saturday, Nov 30th 2019?
This is one event you don’t want to miss. There will be live performances of […]

Will the George Price Highway from Belmopan to San Ignacio be safer after rehabilitation?
The George Price Highway from Belmopan to San Ignacio is currently under rehabilitation. The rehabilitation […]

Yellow Man claims political victimization by his own party, “I have kids to feed”
Prominent UDP supporter, Brian “Yellow Man” Audinette, is at this time out of a job. […]

“Citrus farmers spared from drought impact,” says Agriculture CEO
While Belize’s citrus industry has been embattled by disease, it was fortunate enough to escape […]

Blogs

Dennis Wolfe’s “Another Gringo in Belize” A collection of Jokes and Songs inspired by and based in Belize and her inhabitants
Our parent company, The San Pedro Sun, is a weekly labor of love that takes a mix of community/local news, national stories and even press releases to make up one well rounded newspaper. Included in that mix is the weekly Wolfe’s Woofer, which is a joke column featuring local, colorful characters. Sometimes, readers would come up to us and excitedly share their favorite part of the newspaper. “We love the Woofer!” Yes…indeed, the Woofer column is a guaranteed hit. And we can see why: local characters, spiced up with some story or the other that is so uniquely Belizean, it’s believable. So imagine our joy when the columnist, the Gringo himself, Dennis Wolfe, sent us an advanced copy of his book, “Another ”!

Videos

  • Simone Biles gets keys to San Pedro, 3.5min.

  • The Economic Development Council - Jamaica Stock Exchange, 23min. The Economic Development Council in collaboration with the International Financial Service Commission is hosting a delegation from the Jamaica Stock Exchange to explore the potential for Capital Market Development in Belize. Our guests spoke with us about their mission in Belize and shared experiences of how the stock exchange changes the economy in Jamaica.

  • Start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Part 1, 15min.

  • Start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Part 2, 34min. Today marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. This year the theme is "From Awareness to Accountability; Unmasking The Many Face of Violence." The conversation this year is focused on increasing accountability to see actionable change in the situation against women. We invited our panelists to talk about the changes that are required to improve lives of women.

  • Vinotopia Wine Bar, 28min. There's a new wine spot in town and it's called -Vinotopia. We met the owners behind the bar and talked with them about their special brands

  • Sacred Heart Junior College - Open Day, 22min. Sacred Heart Junior College representatives were our second guests to promote their Open Day.

  • The Belize Association for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), 343min. The Belize Association for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) continues to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. They have worked on a national identification card that will be launched on 2nd December. We spoke with them about the work they are doing and how they are using the upcoming Disability Awareness Week campaigns to call for continuity in services along the lifespan and inclusion for persons with disabilities into larger society. They explained that the main message is - The Future is Accessible.

  • Regional Volleyball Championships - 7 awards and the silver medal in the competition, 34min. How many likes for this super team who represented the jewel in the Regional Volleyball Championships? The team returned with 7 awards and the silver medal in the competition. We talked with them about the experience. On our couch: Profe Jose Fontes - Head Coach. Allan Sharp - President, Belize Volleyball Association. Iman Safa - Player/Recipient of Best Setter Award. Arianne Flores - Player. Kyra Phillips - Player.

  • Shell Belize Christmas Promotions - $12,000 Give away, 15min. Sol Belize Limited wants to give you $12,000. As a part of the Shell Belize Christmas Promotions customers will be able to win cash and prizes for using their services. Our guests told us how you can win with Shell this Christmas!

  • Love and Rage is the personal story of Tricia Logan, 41min. Love and Rage is the personal story of Tricia Logan. She is currently visiting the country to lend her voice to the 16 Days of Activism campaign.We invited her to talk about her experience and how she has healed and become an advocate for other women.

  • Welcoming home our OA basketball team!!, .5min. Even the tourists were cheering.

  • Belize EntreCon2019 Panel Discussion, 2hr. An Engaging Entrepreneurial EcoSystem. Tune In and learn what our panelist bring to the table.!

  • Toledo Christian Academy, Belize, 4min.

  • Building resilience to bush and forest fires in vulnerable communities in Belize, 6min. A look at the work of the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund to help vulnerable communities in Belize to build resilience to bush and forest fires.

  • The Altun Ha in Belize, 9min.

  • Belize, 5min. San Pedro Island (90 minutes from mainland Belize in Central America

  • Biochar For Soil Management in Belize - By Gerardo O Aldana, 31min. Biochar For Soil Management in Belize presented by Gerardo O Aldana, Commonwealth Scholar pursuing a PhD in agriculture at Newcastle University.

  • THE REAL STREETS OF BELIZE 2019 (PART 1) || ORANGE WALK, 4min.

  • THE REAL STREETS OF BELIZE 2019 (PART 2) || BELIZE CITY, 3min.

  • Belize Youth Awards 2019, 4hr.

  • The Ya’axché Show: LIVE: Hunting Season in Belize, 9min. Many game species are hunted in Belize. However, the hunting of game species are regulated and each species has its own hunting season. The hunting seasons help to maintain healthy populations and ecosystems. Marchilio Ack (Protected Areas Manager) and Julio Chub (Community Liaison Manager) are speaking to Sayuri Tzul about the hunting seasons – for gibnut, deer, iguana, game birds, peccary – on The Yaaxche Show.


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